Who we are

Our website address is: https://stephenhnilica.com. The person writing this is Stephen Hnilica. 🙂

What personal data we collect and why we collect it


When visitors leave comments on the site we collect the data shown in the comments form, and also the visitor’s IP address and browser user agent string to help spam detection.

An anonymized string created from your email address (also called a hash) may be provided to the Gravatar service to see if you are using it. The Gravatar service privacy policy is available here: https://automattic.com/privacy/. After approval of your comment, your profile picture is visible to the public in the context of your comment.


If you upload images to the website, you should avoid uploading images with embedded location data (EXIF GPS) included. Visitors to the website can download and extract any location data from images on the website.

Contact forms

Sometimes I’ll use forms to collect your information. If you put your contact info in, you’re agreeing to allow me to contact you using automated services, like email or SMS (I may want to confirm that you understood what you agreed to, so double check your email or SMS or however you asked me to contact you for additional info).

As a subscriber, you’ll get some perks, like exclusive content and first-to-know when content or offers get published.


If you leave a comment on our site you may opt-in to saving your name, email address and website in cookies. These are for your convenience so that you do not have to fill in your details again when you leave another comment. These cookies will last for one year.

If you have an account and you log in to this site, we will set a temporary cookie to determine if your browser accepts cookies. This cookie contains no personal data and is discarded when you close your browser.

When you log in, we will also set up several cookies to save your login information and your screen display choices. Login cookies last for two days, and screen options cookies last for a year. If you select “Remember Me”, your login will persist for two weeks. If you log out of your account, the login cookies will be removed.

If you edit or publish an article, an additional cookie will be saved in your browser. This cookie includes no personal data and simply indicates the post ID of the article you just edited. It expires after 1 day.

Embedded content from other websites

Articles on this site may include embedded content (e.g. videos, images, articles, etc.). Embedded content from other websites behaves in the exact same way as if the visitor has visited the other website.

These websites may collect data about you, use cookies, embed additional third-party tracking, and monitor your interaction with that embedded content, including tracking your interaction with the embedded content if you have an account and are logged in to that website.


I use analytics from companies like Google and Facebook. This lets me know who’s visiting my website. It’s  kind of like if you walked into a store, or if we had coffee, I’d know who you were because we met face to face. I’d know about how old you were, what gender you present as, maybe where you came from or what band you liked (If you were wearing a shirt). Analytics helps me get a slight understanding of who visits my website by giving me anonymous data on visitors, including things like demographics (Age, location, sex, etc), and some other info, like what your interests may be.

Who we share your data with

Depending on the data, I send and receive data from various companies and services. This includes companies like Google, Facebook, Mailchimp, Mailerlite, Thrive Themes, Zapier, and others. This helps me manage you data, keep it secure, and use it when I need to, like reaching out via email, an advertisement, video, etc, with new content or offers.

How long we retain your data

If you leave a comment, the comment and its metadata are retained indefinitely. This is so we can recognize and approve any follow-up comments automatically instead of holding them in a moderation queue.

For users that register on our website (if any), we also store the personal information they provide in their user profile. All users can see, edit, or delete their personal information at any time (except they cannot change their username). Website administrators can also see and edit that information.

If you put your contact info in, we might send that to one of our partners or one of the services we use (Think Mailchimp or Facebook).

What rights you have over your data

If you have an account on this site, or have left comments, you can request to receive an exported file of the personal data we hold about you, including any data you have provided to us. You can also request that we erase any personal data we hold about you. This does not include any data we are obliged to keep for administrative, legal, or security purposes.

Where we send your data

Visitor comments may be checked through an automated spam detection service. Comments may be facilitated by Facebook, so by entering your information, you’ll be sending it to Facebook too.

We also send data out to our partners and the services we use to process and utilize data.

Your contact information

I’m not sure what goes here.

Additional information

How we protect your data

We store your data on our server, and send it to our third party service providers and partners.

What data breach procedures we have in place

For data breaches from our third party service providers and partners, unfortunately, there’s nothing we can do.

If our servers get breached, we’ll let you know about it as soon as we can, if we are able to contact you.

What third parties we receive data from

We receive data from Facebook, Google, Mailchimp, Mailerlite, and other service providers that are necessary to run our website and our business the way that we do.

What automated decision making and/or profiling we do with user data

Personally, I don’t. That’s way above my intelligence level. Facebook, Google, Mailchmp, Mailerlite, etc. Those guys. They’re the ones with fancy algorithmics that do cool things with your information. Some of those things include (but are not limited to): telling me how many people visit my website, or interact with my content. Tell me how long someone stays on a page. Tell me the age range of the visitors to my website. Tell me the genders of people visiting my website. Tell me the interests they might have, based on data they have. And a bunch more that I probably don’t know about.

Industry regulatory disclosure requirements

I’m an avid researcher (meaning I read a lot of scientific studies). I’m self taught in just about every field I have knowledge in. I even dropped out of middle school and taught myself through high school by reading books. No one endorses my knowledge (unless you consider a high school diploma from Florida and endorsement).

This doesn’t make me a doctor, therapist, or certified human being of any kind. I’m self taught, and I’m human. I’m prone to errors, and you NEED to double check all